Do you use deli meats to make your sandwiches? Here's how to healthfully incorporate cold cuts into your diet: • Buy reduced- or low-sodium: This will reduce your daily sodium intake. In addition, deli meats like ham and turkey are both very lean. Look for brands that don't use antibiotics. Also, opt for ones with no added sugar. • Go nitrate/nitrite free: The jury is still out on nitrates and nitrites, but if you want to play it safe, purchase nitrate-free meats, which are usually labeled "uncured."
• Purchase unprocessed meats: Next time you are food shopping, bypass the deli counter and head to the meat and seafood departments. Buy lean, fresh proteins like chicken, turkey or fish. Unprocessed meats are not as strongly linked to chronic diseases as processed meats. Use slice baked or grilled chicken and add it to a sandwich, or make a hummus and avocado spread sandwich loaded with veggies, because it looks and tastes better. There are so many options that are superior in flavor as well as better for your body than processed cold cuts, so it's a no-brainer to ditch cold cuts.
• Switch up your lunch: If you eat sandwiches every day, mix it up. Bring your dinner leftovers for lunch, make a salad, or make a "snack plate" by assembling carrot sticks, hummus, tuna salad, cherry tomatoes and grapes. You will increase your fruit and veggie intake while slashing the sodium, saturated fat and preservatives.
• Think about your overall diet: Do you enjoy a few slices of bacon on the weekends at brunch? Then perhaps you could live without the daily deli meats at lunch. Think about your diet as a whole. Are you consuming other foods high in sodium (e.g., bread, cheese, pizza)? How frequently? Make swaps accordingly to decrease your consumption of cold cuts. #finishfit #finishitwithfinishfit #foodgasm #realfood #moodoftheday #instafood #plantbased #vegansofig #eathealthy #bestofvegan #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #veganfood #vegetarian #foodphotography #healthylifestyle #healthyeating #foodstagram #instagood #foodie #foodpics #foodporn #wholefoods #dairyfree #foodblogger #instafood #photooftheday #healthyfood